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Orange County LASIK Surgery Step By Step

Preoperative Evaluation - LASIK Screening

Before the operation, it is important to determine if you are a good LASIK candidate. At the Orange County Eye, Cataract,  and LASIK Center we will do comprehensive testing to determine if LASIK may benefit you. We pride ourselves in turning down patients that are not good candidates in Orange County, Newport Beach, Irvine, Huntington Beach, and surrounding areas. It is our responsibility that your questions are answered and that you are informed about your LASIK procedure.

Your Pre-Operative LASIK Examination and Free Consultation Day

Your Orange County LASIK Surgery appointment will be specially made so that you have all the time you need to talk to Dr. Pham and have all of your concerns and questions answered. You should feel very little pain or discomfort during this FREE LASIK evaluation at our Orange County office.

  • Dr. Pham, your Orange County Eye and LASIK surgeon will meet with you and perform the many careful tests.
  • He will individually determine your vision requirements and your reasons for getting LASIK Surgery.
  • Your vision will be checked with and without your glasses and contact lenses.
  • Dr. Pham will do a physical  examination of your eyes including an examination of your cornea, your extraocular movements, your pupils, your tear production and tear film, your intraocular pressure, and retinal examination.
  • Our Orange County LASIK Surgeon will also provide advanced testing of your eyes including your refraction (prescription). We will test your levels of nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism to see if you are a good Orange County LASIK center LASIK candidate.
  • We will do advanced imaging of your eyes called corneal topography to screen for any corneal disease.
  • We will also check the thickness of your cornea with ultrasound.
  • Dr. Pham will screen your eyes for any ocular disease and also review your medical history to see if there are any contraindications to surgery.
  • Dr. Pham will then inform you whether you are an all LASER iLASIK candidate, PRK candidate, LASEK candidate, Intraocular lens candidate, or if it is recommended that you continue wearing glasses or contact lenses.
  • We want all of your questions and concerns to be answered so there will be extra time made in this consultation to answer your LASIK surgery questions.
  • After your LASIK evaluation with Dr. Pham, you will meet with one of our LASIK coordinators to answer any scheduling or financing questions that you may have.
  • Dr. Pham likes to triple check your LASIK surgery measurements before your Orange County LASIK operation. You can have your second check the day of the surgery or schedule it another day. During your second check/consultation, your eyes will be dilated as well. Dr. Pham then repeats all of your measurements again the day of surgery.

Your LASIK Surgery Day at the Orange County Eye, Cataract, and LASIK Center - Finally!

It is normal to be a little excited or anxious the day of your LASIK Surgery at the Orange County Eye Care, Cataract, and LASIK Center. Dr. Pham and his staff at the Orange County Eye and LASIK Center will walk you through every step of your LASIK procedure. 

  • Your preoperative measurements including your Custom LASIK wavescan, your topography, and your refraction will be all checked again for the third time.
  • Dr. Pham will answer every question that you or your family members may have.
  • You will be given a Valium 5mg tablet to help you to relax and relieve any normal anxiety.
  • Your eyes will be prepped and draped in sterile ophthalmic fashion before your Orange County LASIK surgery.
  • You will be laying flat for your LASIK in Orange County. Numbing drops will be placed onto your eye.
  • The first step of the LASIK procedure will be the creation of the corneal flap with the Intralase LASER. The process of making the flap will be approximately twenty seconds. During this time, you will feel a slight pressure.
  • After the LASIK flap has been made, Dr. Pham will lift your flap.
  • You will see a blinking light to help you fixate. The second LASIK laser, the VISX S4 will then deliver the cold laser energy needed to remodel your cornea. The duration of this time will depend on the amount of your farsightedness, nearsightedness, and astigmatism. The laser treatment time typically ranges form 10 to 50 seconds.
  • Your corneal flap will then be repositioned.
  • Antibiotic and steroid eye drops will then be applied to your eye.
  • Eye shields will be placed onto your eye after your LASIK procedure is complete.
  • Your vision will be a little hazy after the LASIK procedure in Newport Beach and you may have mild discomfort. Please go home and sleep. Within a few hours, your vision will clear up and your discomfort will likely resolve!

Your Care after your Orange County LASIK Surgery

  • On the first day after your LASIK Surgery, you should be able to drive yourself in for your post operative examination.
  • Dr. Pham will do your follow-up examination. You will be given instructions on how to use your medications to help the healing process.
  • It is ok to start showering the day after LASIK surgery with the Orange County Eye and LASIK Center. It is also ok to return to your normal activities. Dr. Pham and the Orange County Eye Care, Cataract, and LASIK center recommend that you do not partake in strenuous activity for the first five to seven days after LASIK Surgery.
  • It is recommended that you wait two weeks before swimming in the ocean or a swimming pool.
  • You can wear non eye related make up starting the day after your LASIK surgery. For eye makeup, your LASIK surgeon recommends that you wait five days. 
  • Your follow-up examinations after LASIK are one day, one week, one month, three months, six months, and one year after your LASIK surgery at the Orange County Eye Care, Cataract, and LASIK center. Your LASIK related follow-up is completely free.

LASIK Step 4: LASIK Affordability - Learn About Financing Options and Flexible Spending Accounts

 

Orange County Eye Care, Cataract, and LASIK Center

The Orange County LASIK Institute
3500 Barranca Parkway Suite 150
Irvine , CA 92618
Phone: (949) 450 - 2020
Fax: (949) 450 - 0040

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